Bangladesh: Power Restored to Most of Country [Update]

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Power has been restored to most of Bangladesh on Sunday several hours after the poor, energy-deficient nation was plunged into a nationwide blackout when the power grid transmission line that connects the country to India failed, according to reports. This is an update to a previously reported Guardian Liberty Voice Breaking News story.

The blackout hit Bangladesh late Saturday morning after the power grid was disrupted, which resulted in a cascade of electricity failures throughout the national power grid, with power plants unable to generate and substations shutting down across the country.

After several hours spent in darkness, most of the residents of Dhaka, which is the capital city of Bangladesh with more than 10 million residents, had their power restored by 1 a.m. Sunday. While power has been restored to most of the country, it is still unclear how many people are currently without electricity.

Officials said late Saturday that they expected the power supply would be back to normal by Sunday afternoon their time. Dhaka’s hospitals and the international airport continued to operate after the blackout via emergency generators. However, many offices and government agencies had to send their employees home.

Bangladesh is considered one of the world’s most energy-deficient nations, with one of the lowest electricity consumption rates in the world. Nearly 40 percent of the country’s 166 million people still do not have access to electricity. Power outages are commonplace in Bangladesh, due to inefficient and obsolete power grid infrastructure. However, Saturday’s blackout was the country’s worst electricity disruption since 2007, when a powerful cyclone that killed nearly 4,000 people knocked out the national power grid for several hours.

Bangladesh has taken many steps to improve its energy situation, in part by extending electricity access to nearly 3.5 million more residents since 2008. Additionally, it has started to import electricity from India through the 400 kilovolt transmission line, which runs from Baharampur in the Indian state of West Bengal to the town of Bheramara in southwestern Bangladesh. Moreover, the country has also signed agreements with energy companies in several nations, such as Russia, Japan, China, and the United States to build power plants and improve the energy infrastructure of the nation.

According to authorities, the first priorities for the restoration of power were hospitals, the airport, and the homes of government officials, such as the prime minister and the president. Government buildings in the country will have next priority in terms of electricity restoration.

According to workers at the Power Grid Company, a substation in Bheramara, in the Kushtia district, which has been transmitting electricity from India since 2013, failed to receive power and shut down on Saturday. At this time, the exact cause of the power failure is still unknown, but the transmission line that failed had affected the entire grid that runs between Bangladesh and India.

After a nationwide blackout plagued the country, power has been restored to most of Bangladesh on Sunday. The South Asian nation was without electricity for several hours when the power grid transmission line that connects the country to India failed. The blackout swept across Bangladesh at around 11:30 a.m. Saturday after the power grid was disrupted, which resulted in a cascade of electricity failures throughout the national power grid, with power plants unable to generate and substations shutting down across the country. This situation highlighted the nation’s chronic inefficient and obsolete power grid infrastructure, which the country is actively trying to rectify via agreements with energy companies in various countries.

By Leigh Haugh

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Sources:
USA TODAY
New York Times
The Jakarta Post

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